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Here our editors will bring you plenty of news coverage on tickets, ballparks, stadiums and arenas as they pertain to the NFL, NHL, MLB and NBA.  If you have any questions or suggestions pertaining to the articles, feel free to 'Contact Us' via the navigation bar.

Photo of New Era Field. Home of the Buffalo Bills. 

Image Credit: Mark Watmough (CC BY 2.0)

NFL stadiums can be hostile in two different ways; hostile against the opposing team's fans and hostile against the opposing team via crowd volume. The two often go hand in hand. We have compiled a list of five NFL Stadiums that will make you wish you were back in your home stadium.  

Photo of McCovey Cove outside of Oracle Park. Home of the San Francisco Giants. 

Image Credit: Stephen Kelly (CC BY 2.0)

I don't recall where I read this quote but I went something like "What makes a ballpark isn't it's features or how many seats it holds but how much history has taken place there". If that were the case, Fenway Park and Wrigley Field are the most prized MLB ballparks out there. Many baseball fans will agree that this is indeed the case. However, disregarding history, there are 5 other MLB ballparks that trump the other 25 when it comes to scenery. 

Photo of a Boston Red Sox tickets sign.

Image Credit: Rich Brooks (CC BY 2.0)

If you are a Boston Red Sox fan and think you deserve some reward for enduring the 2011 turmoil, think again. Bargains on Red Sox tickets are hard to come by during any given year. The organization has announced that the price of tickets for the 2012 MLB season will remain the same as last year.

For those of you not up to date with the lingo, a "man cave" or "fan cave" is just another word for a man's basement. A lair where the male goes to relax, drink beer, watch sports and get away from the wife (kidding).

Photo of a pair of Super Bowl tickets.

Image Credit: Michael Dorausch (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Even for fans that only follow the National Football League casually, attending the Super Bowl in person is on the bucket list of many NFL fans. Getting tickets to this mega event is not as hard as once before thanks to websites like the NFL Ticket Exchange, Stubhub and Ebay.

Photo of Washington Nationals tickets laying on a table.

Image Credit: Daniel Borman (CC BY 2.0)

As expected, the surprise team of the 2011 Major League Baseball season will hike their ticket prices by an average of 9% next season. More than 3 Million fans flocked to the beautiful Miller Park in Milwaukee this season to see Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun and company.

Photo of Mark Stuart of the Winnipeg Jets skating on the ice.

Image Credit: Mark Mauno (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The Winnipeg Jets organization has recently suspended several season ticket holders for violating the resale clause they signed when purchasing season tickets. Not many franchises would ever take this measure. Especially the NFL who has implemented a blackout rule for stadiums that do not sell enough tickets. With online ticket brokers like Stubhub and Ticketmaster at the fingertips of virtually every hockey fan; selling, buying and upgrading tickets to events is now easier than ever. Although such websites exist, ticket scalping is still a common practice outside of stadiums and arenas in North America. 

Photo of a game between the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Image Credit: Amy Meridith (CC BY-ND 2.0)

After spending millions of dollars this past off season to acquire Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez, Boston Red Sox fans should be disgusted with their team's performance. And they are. Although the team won 90 games this season which would make them a lock for the MLB playoffs in any other division; they posted a losing record during their final 20 games.

Movie set for the movie Moneyball starring Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill.

Image Credit: Georgio - Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Our staff has written numerous articles on the correlation between small market teams, ticket sales and team revenue. As you can probably imagine, we were excited to finally see a movie documenting the sometimes uneven playing field in Major League BaseballBaseball is a money sport and it became that when people like you and I began spending $150 on a single ticket or $100 on a player's jersey.

Photo of Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts.

Image Credit: Spablab - Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Anyone that regularly follows NFL headlines is aware that Peyton Manning recently underwent neck surgery; his second surgery in  four months. Because Peyton is expected to miss a great portion of the 2011 season, many Indianapolis Colts fans are deciding not to attend Indianapolis Colts games at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Photo of Great American Ball Park and Cincinnati, Ohio.

Image Credit: Redlegsfan21 - Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

According to Cincinnati Bengals' Owner Mike Brown, Hamilton County taxpayers got a hell of a deal with the half cent increase to pay for Great American Ball Park and Paul Brown Stadium. This is a pretty bold statement from an owner who refuses to sell the stadium's naming rights which could be put towards Paul Brown Stadium's debt.

Photo of a poorly attended New York Mets game at Citi Field.

Image Credit: Takahiro Nagao (CC BY 2.0)

If you have ever used Groupon, you know what great deals and discounts one can receive on gift certificates. But did you know you can also purchase tickets to Major League Baseball games as well?

Panorama of the field at PNC Park. Home of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Image Credit: Peter Rieke (CC BY 2.0)

OK, so the Pittsburgh Pirates are not too awful this year. They are 63-75 in the standings as of today. Good for fourth place and 18.5 games back in the always competitive National League Central. In 2010, the Pittsburgh Pirates finished dead last in the National League Central division with a record of 57-105. 

Photo of a group of fans fighting at a Major League Baseball game. 

Image Credit: David Owen (CC BY 2.0)

Sports fans around the world took notice to the series of violent events that occurred this past week at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California (home of the San Francisco 49ers). Not only were there multiple scuffles throughout the stadium but there was even a violent shooting in the parking lot. The total number of arrests for the day totaled in at a staggering 40 people. 

Photo of the construction site at AT&T Stadium. Home of the Dallas Cowboys. 

Image Credit: John Tornow (CC BY 2.0)

It is 2011 and there are still plenty of professional teams that are in dire need of a new stadium to call home. Funding a stadium's construction almost always seem to be the primary issue. Among the professional sports teams to recently build new stadiums are the Minnesota Twins, Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts as well as the New York Giants and New York Jets. Los Angeles is fighting for an NFL franchise which would obviously require the construction of a new stadium somewhere in the metro area. Here is just a brief update of new stadiums you just might get to visit in the future. 

Photo of a ticket scalper holding a sign that reads "I Need Tickets". 

Image Credit: Paul Sableman (CC BY 2.0)

Two of the most dreaded people to do business with are dentists and car salesmen. Ticket scalpers cannot be much further down the list. Just like the sports franchises that charge you $8 for a beer at their stadium, ticket scalpers wish to capitalize on your demand. 

Photo of a rain delay at Wrigley Field. Home of the Chicago Cubs.

Wrigley Field, Chicago Cubs

Image Credit: Chris Metcalf (CC BY 2.0)

Many fans throughout the Major League Baseball season are hesitant to purchase tickets for a game based on the unpredictable weather conditions. So let me clear a few things up for you. In the NFL, officials will only delay a game when lightning or hurricane conditions strike which is very rare. Then again, some NFL teams play their home games indoors. 

Photo of the will call office at Citi Field. Home of the New York Mets.

Image Credit: Peter Bond (CC BY-SA 2.0)

We get this question quite often. While there is some common sense involved, the best practice for buying tickets to professional sporting events depends on which sport you're going to see. 

Photo of a New York Islanders game at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Image Credit: Doug Kerr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Sports fans see it every year. The owner of a professional sports franchise, usually of a historically poor performing team, asks area residents to help pay for a new stadium or arena. When the idea is rejected or met with poor reception, the owner then threatens to move the team to another city who is willing to go through with construction. 

Photo of Frank McCourt, former owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers. 

Image Credit: Neon Tommy (CC BY-SA 2.0)

2011 has been a rough year for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Amid Frank Mccourt's ongoing divorce, the team is facing bankruptcy. The franchise is not sitting very well in the eye of Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig.

Photo of Jim Thome of the Chicago White Sox.

Image Credit: Kimberly N. (CC BY-ND 2.0)

We all know there is plenty of bias in Major League Baseball. Last night, Jim Thome became just the eighth player in MLB history to hit 600 career home runs. Thome is a veteran who was once a home run hitting tandem along with Manny Ramirez home run hitting tandem for the Cleveland Indians.